An example of kitsch is a "Mickey Mao" t-shirt.
Other Word Forms
Origin of kitsch
- German Kitsch (originally used of kitschy painting) perhaps from kitschen to sweep or rake up street mud or from German dialectal kitschen to sell off cheaply
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen (“to coat, to smear”), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930's by several critics who opposed it to avant garde art.